Introduction from Matt Hancock (MP Minister of State for Digital and Culture):
“This tailored review provides an important opportunity to examine the efficiency and effectiveness of Arts Council England, an organisation which will invest £1.1 billion of government funding and a further £700 million of Lottery funding between 2015 and 2018.
I was pleased to see that the evidence gathered by the review confirms my belief in the Arts Council as a well performing organisation which provides real value to the sectors it supports, to our local communities, and to England’s reputation overseas.
The Arts Council is a trusted partner of the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) and over the next few years we will look to it to deliver a large number of Culture White Paper priorities on behalf of government. The Arts Council also has a significant role to play in delivering the Prime Minister’s priority of making arts and culture more widely accessible to everyone and not just the privileged few.
I fully support the recommendations the review makes about how the Arts Council can develop and strengthen its effectiveness. In particular, supporting the development of the sectors through an increased focus on financial resilience, building skills capability, promoting digital, and strengthening the importance of cultural investment in place making will be key for the Arts Council in the coming years.